On Friday 8th November at the Cathedral of Ss Mary and Anne in Cork Bishop Fintan Gavin and Bishop William Crean came together to commission Parish Catechists for service in the parishes of their respective dioceses – ten for the Diocese of Cloyne and twenty for the Diocese of Cork and Ross. Twenty new Parish Catechists have recently completed their two year study of the Certificate in Catechesis with the Maryvale Institute and twenty were recommissioned for a further term of four years voluntary service, having been first commissioned in 2016. Their primary ministry in parishes is to accompany and offer faith formation to parents whose children are preparing for the sacraments of Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation as well as offering other faith development initiatives for all parishioners. The course is organised and coordinated by Fr Charlie Kiely and Sr Karen Kent of the Pastoral Development Office in the Diocese of Cork and Ross.
In his homily at the Mass of Commissioning Fr Charlie Kiely in referring to the Gospel of the Good Shepherd spoke to the catechists about keeping their eyes firmly fixed on Jesus, the Good Shepherd and awaiting his signal to guide them into action.